Bruschetta Two Ways

Bruschetta Two Ways

One of the first recipes, or I should say early edible recipes, that I grew up making was bruschetta. I remember I tried it in a Trader Joe’s with their special bruschetta tomato mix and I swear it changed my life. At that moment I know I just HAD to try and recreate it, or create something just as good if not better. What’s not to like in bruschetta? There’s toasty delicious bread (who doesn’t love bread), cheese, tomatoes (or other veggies) and it all just fits perfectly in your mouth for the most amazing and irresistible bites. It’s such an easy and delicious appetizer to make whether you’re having a party and need a good appetizer or you and a friend decide you want to have a wine and cheese night!

That brings me to one of my other favorite things: having people over and feeding them. This particular recipe, or recipes rather, came about because I decided to have one of my best friends over for a much needed girls wine night. She brought the wine and I brought and made the food! I love feeding my people because it’s such an easy way to spend time with the people I love and we always have amazing conversations. It really fits in with my idea of food being the best way to bring people together. Whether that’s friends, family, partners, etc. food always has a way of playing such an important part in building and strengthening those relationships. So for this post, I have a real treat for you guys: not one, but TWO recipes. I made two types of bruschetta for this particular evening and I was very happy with how they both turned out so I hope you all love them as much as I did!

Bruschetta Ingredients

Bruschetta #1: Tomato and Goat Cheese

½ Loaf of french bread

1 Log of goat cheese at room temperature (this really makes the spreading a lot easier)

1 Container of cherry tomatoes (10 oz)

2 Cloves of garlic

2 TBSP Olive oil

1 TBSP Balsamic vinegar

Salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to Broil.

Step 2:

Cut the french bread into 1 inch thick slices.

Step 3:

Place the bread on a baking sheet and broil for about 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired crispiness level.

Step 4:

While the bread is toasting, chop the tomatoes and the garlic and place in a bowl.

Step 5:

Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and freshly ground pepper and mix it all up!

Step 6:

Once the bread has cooled enough for you to handle, spread the goat cheese on each slice.

Step 7:

Spoon the tomato mix onto each piece of bread.

Step 8:

Enjoy!

Bruschetta tomato 2

Bruschetta #2: Roasted Red Pepper, Mushroom, Ricotta

Other half of the french bread

1 Jar roasted red peppers

½ Cup roasted mushrooms (I will attach a quick roasting recipe just in case you don’t have these on hand)

1 Cup ricotta cheese

2 Garlic cloves

2 TBSP Olive oil

1 TSP Chili onion crunch (I think you all knew this one was bound to be in here somewhere)

1 TBSP White vinegar

Salt & freshly ground pepper

Step 1:

Follow the same steps for the bread as the first recipe!

Step 2:

Chop the red peppers, mushrooms, and garlic, and place in a bowl.

Step 3:

Add the olive oil, vinegar, chili crunch, salt, and pepper, and mix it all up

Step 4:

Spread the ricotta onto each piece of bread.

Step 5:

Spoon the red pepper mix over the top of each piece of bread.

Step 6:

Enjoy!

Bruschetta roasted red pepper 2

Everything but the Bagel Salmon

Everything but the bagel Salmon

*Disclaimer: I forgot to take pictures of the ingredients before I made this.. OOPS*

I used to hate fish when I was little, can you believe that? My parents would make it and I would absolutely refuse to try it (they’d still make me try it anyway much to my dismay) and I hated it every time with every kind of fish. Now, I have no idea when that started to change, but I am so glad it did. I have so much fun coming up with different recipes for fish or even following some great recipes for it too from one of my many cookbooks. I do feel like I’ve found that the secret to really good fish (and just happiness in general) is butter. It works so well with any type of fish or seafood and it really helps create that crispy layer on the outside we all love so much when you pan fry it and it makes the fish so flavorful and tender and flakey. Butter is amazing and if you’re not a huge fan of fish, try cooking it in a whole stick of butter and I bet you’ll change your mind!

Now of all the fish out there, I feel like salmon is the most well known and most used, as well as the most loved. Even people who don’t like other fish, seem to still really enjoy a good salmon. As I’m sure you’ve all guessed by now, I really like making easy, simple and delicious recipes. Salmon is delicious so it can be really easy to want to get crazy with it, when in reality you really don’t have to! Use spices and ingredients that just add to and enhance the flavor and you’ll be amazed at what deliciousness you can create. This recipe is simple, it’s delicious, and the salmon turns out incredibly tender and flavorful. Not only that, but you also get a great serving of healthy veggies with it too!

Final Salmon

Recipe

1lb Fresh salmon

1 Yellow zucchini

½ cup oyster mushrooms

½ small yellow onion

4 TBSP butter

1 TBSP Olive oil

1 TSP chili onion crunch oil

3 TBSP Everything bagel seasoning (I get mine at Trader Joe’s but I have seen it at Costco and most other grocery stores. I HIGHLY recommend keeping a jar of this around because it makes for extremely easy cooking and flavoring)

1 TSP Garlic powder

Salt & Pepper

Step 1:

Put two tablespoons into a pan over medium heat and melt and repeat with another pan (one pan is for the veggies and one is for the salmon)

Step 2:

While the butter is melting chop up all of the veggies into fairly small chunks.

Step 3:

Put them in the pan with the chili oil crunch, salt, pepper, and garlic. (You can also add a little splash of white wine if you want to, it’s delicious)

Step 4:

Generously coat the salmon with the Everything Bagel Seasoning and put the salmon in the pan skin side up.

Step 5:

As the veggies are cooking, add the olive oil slowly to the pan while stirring the veggies.

Step 6:

As the veggies and salmon are starting to cook all the way through turn up the heat a little bit–I’d say to about medium high heat. This way the salmon get’s a nice and crispy outside.

Step 7:

Cook the salmon for about 10 minutes and while it is still on medium high heat, flip it over so the skin side is down. Cover the salmon and cook for another 5-10 minutes depending on how thick your salmon is.

Step 8:

After you flip your salmon turn the veggies off and cover so they don’t lose too much heat.

Step 9:

Once the salmon is fully cooked serve it and put the zucchini mixture on top. Enjoy!

Broiled Cauliflower Goodness

Broiled Cauliflower Goodness

Broiled Cauliflower finished 2

With the 4th of July over the weekend, the weekend itself, and I know I personally have been doing a lot of stress eating, I really wanted to make the recipes I post this week light and healthy. With this broiled cauliflower, you can use it as a side dish or it works as a main vegan dish as well! It’s no secret that I loooove cauliflower and I pretty much always have some in my fridge and I absolutely love creating new recipes with it, it’s so versatile! I wanted to do a simple dish that also is kind of different from the cauliflower recipes we’re all used to.

Broiled Cauliflower Ingredients

Especially with how crazy life is and how many people are now unemployed due to everything going on, one of the things I really want to do for you all is to create recipes with staples in your fridge or things that are cheap and easy to get. I’ve been unemployed for 3 months so I definitely understand how stressful grocery shopping can be when you’re strapped for cash. I know some of these ingredients might not seem like “pantry staples” but I do highly recommend getting them because they can all be used for so many different things! The bourbon smoked chili powder was a gift to me and I LOVE it; it adds such an amazing smokey flavor to anything you put it on. If you can’t find bourbon smoked, then regularly smoked chili powder or using smoked paprika with chili powder works really well too! I really enjoy keeping tahini around because you can make so many sauces with it (I really like making tahini lime sauce for tacos) and it’s also a base to make a really good hummus too.

I’m truly in love with this recipe because there’s just a little bit of spice and kick to it but it’s not overwhelming and the tahini sauce really compliments the cauliflower and the flavor of the spices as well! I’m kind of a weeny when it comes to spicy food so I generally try not to make anything too hot and crazy (although I’m sure I’ll be creating some that are muy caliente). This is also a great recipe for a weeknight. It doesn’t take much time at all to make and it’s super easy as well as having hardly any cleanup afterwards.

Broiled Cauliflower finished

Recipe

½ TSP bourbon smoked chili powder

1 head of cauliflower

¼ Cup of Tahini

Juice of one lemon

5 Tbsp olive oil (if you want a less thick sauce add more)

4 cloves of garlic

2 Tsp Chili onion crunch oil

1 TSP cumin

Salt & Pepper

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to Broil.

Step 2:

Cut up the cauliflower into about 1 inch chunks or you can also cut it into cauliflower steaks and spread out onto a baking sheet.

Step 3:

In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, salt, pepper, olive oil, cumin, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, and 1 ½ tsp of the chili onion crunch.

Step 4:

Using a pastry/basting brush evenly coat the pieces of cauliflower with the olive oil mixture.

Step 5:

Add the garlic cloves to the baking sheet and bake the garlic and cauliflower for 10-15 minutes.

Step 6:

While the cauliflower and garlic are roasting, put the tahini, the rest of the chili onion crunch, olive oil, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor but DO NOT BLEND YET.

Step 7:

Remove the cauliflower and garlic from the oven and add the roasted garlic into the blender/food processor; blend away!

Step 8:

Put the cauliflower on a plate and pour the sauce over it.

Step 9:

Enjoy!